Following Direction


"The alcoholic slip is not a symptom of a psychotic condition... the patient simply didn't follow directions."

Twelve Rewards of the Twelve Step Program


Ann C. wrote this "a number of years before" the 1985 International Convention
in Montreal, Canada, where she set it to tape at the Oldtimers Meeting.

My Higher Power, the Light Bulb



In their sincere and honest attempt to maintain a "hands off" policy regarding fellow members' religious beliefs and perhaps sensitivities, our AA founders exercised gentle wisdom and proffered spiritual freedom.

Abandoning Old Ideas: God and the 12 Steps


Do we want what God has for us
bad enough for us to come out of our comfort zone?
Or are we going to play “hard to get” with God?

12 Steps to Insanity


The 12 Steps to Total and Complete Insanity

So here it goes.....


The following is from my friend Ryan...

Recovery or Simple Sobriety


“For me, addiction never dies; it sleeps.
It's eyes pop wide open when it hears me opening a bag of self-will.” --Anonymous

Before You Drink


Here are nine things you can do before you take that next drink of alcohol.

12 Steps to Freedom in Christ


Karl relates how the Spirit of Christ and the Twelve Steps of A.A. led to freedom from a self-imposed crisis.

My Higher Power


I could not recover with a Higher Power who wasn't on my side.

Empty Heart = Empty Life


A thirsty heart longs to be satisfied.
Be careful what you pour into it.

Accepting Yourself



An article by Steve Arterburn, edited for use in a 12-Step meeting.

The Power of Appetite


“They struck me, but I did not become ill; they beat me, but I did not know it. 
When shall I awake? [Yet again] I will seek another drink” (Proverbs 23:35 NASB).

12-Step Recovery Principles and Virtues


The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are the Principles of the Program that we practice.

Patience In Recovery


“Sometimes I get so tense, but I can’t speed up the time.” – Guns n’ Roses

Why Carry the Message?


“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps,
we tried to carry this message to alcoholics,
and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

-- Step 12. Alcoholics Anonymous

Addiction and Addictive Agents


When most of us hear the word addict,
we think of someone addicted to a chemical substance.
However, addiction isn't limited to just substance abuse.

12 Steps and the Bible


Many people who recover using the 12 Steps of Recovery
are unaware that they are founded upon Biblical Principles

Letting Go and Trusting God


We say that we want to know the will of God, but when we find out what it is...

From Resentment to Forgiveness


Resentment is when you allow your hurts to turn into hates.

A Middle of the Road Solution


“If you are as seriously alcoholic as we were, we believe there is no middle-of-the-road solution.” —Alcoholics Anonymous: There is a Solution, page 25

The Four Absolutes


The Four Absolutes: A Spiritual Practice that is gone, but not (completely) forgotten.

At the Crossroads


At this crossroads of invitation, there is an opportunity for change.